National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan
Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
It aims at understanding the underlying causes of the country’s environmental problems – desertification, salinization, biodiversity loss, and human economical impacts. This strategy will include public awareness campaigns, the establishment of a national strategy to rationalize the use of some resources (water, agricultural and grazing lands), and the development of adequate human institutional and legal resources. More protected areas should be declared and a gene bank for traditional fauna and flora instituted in conservation areas. Five goals can be identified: biodiversity conservation, fragile ecosystems conservation (coral reefs, drylands, rocky beaches, humid areas, special attention to locally and regionally endangered species (sea turtles, vultures, sea birds, invertebrates, whales and sharks), preventing the introduction of alien species, especially in agriculture. A major project, in conjunction with the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), has launched and aims at providing researchers, government agencies and the public at large with easily accessible high quality spatial environmental data that will ultimately support sustainable decision and policy making in the UAE and beyond.